A 2020 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK
Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Best Children's Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library
★"A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home."
Down home is Granny's house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will gather with great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to their family history. All the kids have to decide what they'll share, but what will Lil Alan do?
Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of history and family traditions, and stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor- and Caldecott Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multi-generational family.
Discussion Guide and Teacher's Guide available.
"Lyrical...a heartfelt story of family love, shared history, and connection to a place that binds everyone together." --Booklist
"Imagery is presented in marvelous metaphors... Minter's acrylic-wash prints soar... A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Minter's illustrations, rendered in an acrylic wash, work in beautiful harmony with Lyons's joyful portrait of a deeply loving multigenerational family. Carefully layered images, patterns, and textures reinforce the narrative links between family history, American history, ancestral land and nature, and the bonds of family... Readers will enjoy this moving celebration of familial love, history, and tradition. Highly ¬recommended." --School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW